I’m Elizabeth; co-host and co-producer of the BiCast. I became involved with the BiCast at Lynnette’s invitation almost a year ago. I’ve learned quite a bit working on this podcast and have been enjoying myself greatly.
My coming out story began when I first heard the word “bisexual” When I was nineteen, way back in 1992. Until then, I was trying as hard as I could to suppress any same gender attractions, as I didn’t understand that being attracted to more than one gender was possible and completely normal. After doing some work on myself, along with a lot of healing from a traumatic past, I was able to understand and embrace my sexuality completely. I came out to my close friends and have been repeatedly coming out ever since (as bi folk often do).
Growing up in a military household, I’ve lived many places. Currently, I live and work in Lawrence, KS. My home is a happy one filled with children, pets, and one loving spouse. My day job is as a church secretary here in town. When it comes to relaxing, I enjoy riding my motorcycle, chainsawing stuff, fiber arts, and binge-watching television shows with the kids.
Hey, I’m Amy, they/them please and thank you. I’m a co-host as well as an author, freelance editor, and reading nerd. I have a tendency to fan-crush all over my favorite authors, and I love to talk about books and writing. I have several novels published as A.M. Leibowitz, primarily with bisexual characters of various genders and relationships.
I didn’t come out as bi and gender fluid until I was in my late 30s, right before publishing my first book. I’d known for years that I was multi-gender attracted, but it was hard to admit it even to myself. Being out publicly has opened up a whole new world for me. I’ve built new relationships and rekindled old ones now that I can be my authentic self. Through writing, I’ve been able to work through a lot of the complexities of my identity.
I like to joke that I’m “half of everything.” Raised in an interfaith family with strong ethnic ties on both sides, I have always lived in the spaces between one culture and another. It makes perfect sense, then, that my sexuality and gender would reside in those spaces too. As a person living with multiple invisible disabilities, I also understand the importance of really being understood and believed about who we are and what we need.
Besides all that, I’m a spouse and a parent of the two most wonderful kids (I may be a bit biased). In what little spare time I have leftover, I’m a violinist with a local community orchestra. Music is as much a core part of my identity as anything else.
If you want to talk to me or send me awesome bi books to read, you can find me any of these places:
Join members of LA’s vibrant bisexual community in celebrating bi visibility month. 3 Piece Suite explores bisexual identity, activism, and the complexity of human connection along with musical performances by bi singer songwriter Cindy Jollotta and an acoustic set by bi-fronted MetronOhm. Kai Hazelwood and her collaborators draw personal narratives from the Bi and disabled communities – revealing what is often not heard or seen. inVISIBLE is a collaboration between Kai, dance collaborators, and members of Los Angeles’ bisexual community who have shared their own personal narratives around coming out as bisexual, their families, and romantic relationships. Sh*t People Say deals with the complications of intersectionality and co-struggle. How can marginalized groups support each other, and acknowledge the sticky plurality of identity? Seeking… explores how blind faith plays a huge part in our intimate relationships. We trust that we will find a connection, and that we will recognize it when it appears. Despite our various identities and differences, we continue to risk our hearts and selves to find meaningful connections.
Direction and choreography by Kai Hazelwood in collaboration with the performers and development assistance from Kate Coleman and Molly Yates.
Performed by Yvette Flores, Cheyenne Dunbar, Kai Hazelwood, Emma Julaud, Kiki K.
Friday, September 8 @ 8:00 pm
Saturday, September 9 @ 2:00pm
Downtown Dance & Movement (@ 1144 S. Hope Street 90015 between 12th and 13th)
Early Bird (available until August 28th): $12
General admission: $15
Our Stories wishes to capture your stories, to collect them. We want to record the experiences, tragedies, triumphs, lessons, and failures. As every life is important, so are our stories. Bisexual (of any spectrum), Pansexual, Transgender, Women, Men, Gender(of any spectrum), people of color, young, old; there are no exclusions. We all have something to say.
What are we looking for exactly? Both unique and mundane experiences that had an effect on you, as a person. It could be when you came out (either to yourself, or to others), times of support from unexpected directions, times of disappointment, failures, triumphs, what it means to be who you are, views from our youth, lessons from our elders, challenges of race, diversity of gender, what it means to be a part of our community, and what it means to be excluded from community. These moments are important and need preserved, even if most of the time we don’t realize it. There are so much of our day to day events that others can be touched by.
Make us laugh, make us cry, make us think, and remind us that as diverse as we all are, we are more similar than we realize.
Format. We would love to hear your stories in your own words. Record your voice at your computer or phone and send it to us, so we can post it. If that’s not your thing, then write it out and we’ll read it for you.
Email us at email@example.com. Please advise if you’d like your name posted or wish to remain anonymous. We value the comfort and safety of everyone.
“At first, writing was a means of sorting out my thoughts and feelings in fictional terms. These days, it’s a form of self-expression. I am who I am. My characters are who they are. None of us needs to hide.”
Submitted and read by Jeanne G’Fellers
“I want to come out, and I will, but when and to whom remains to be seen.”
Submitted by Anonymous
Read by Mick Collins
“My name is Sierra Packham I am 18 years old, and I am bisexual. I grew up in a separated household were, from where I observed my parents to be heterosexual, even though when I was younger those words didn’t mean anything to me….”
Submitted by Sierra Packham
Read by Mick Collins